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I agree on that and made no claims otherwise. I didn't mention in a car, you are. If there is a seat belt check and see I have it on, why do they need to see my ID? Probably because it's more than a seatbelt check in reality. Kind of like the dog that "hits" on a car that has no drugs in it can be used to search the car.
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Do you expect the voters to make a difference? I don't. Can those actually paying taxes simply move out of Illinois? Where would these hypocrites get their pay checks then? Once the taxpayers are gone, the over taxed businesses would follow, they couldn't get tax breaks, only thing left in IL is the politician, the overworked gov't worker, and the subsidized IL resident!
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This is scary WarCry, you and I on the same side on a number of things lately. ;-)
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The police operate under the constitution. They know what those are, they deal with it day in and day out. They are kept abreast of court rulings one-way or the other. If you feel they acted unconstitutionally on the street, that is adjudicated in a court room in front of a judge, NOT on the street. You do not get to decide on the street what is constitutional or not. The police know what is and what…

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3 weeks, 3 days ago Doug Finke, State Capitol Bureau

It will be months, however, before retirees will begin seeing a return of paid amounts

From Doug Finke, State Capitol Bureau:
State government retirees will no longer have health insurance premiums deducted from their pension benefits following a Sangamon County court ruling Thursday.
It will be months, however, before retirees will begin seeing a return of the insurance premiums they already have paid.
Judge Steven Nardulli issued a preliminary injunction Thursday that will stop the state from continuing to deduct health insurance premiums from retiree pension checks.
Chief deputy attorney general Brent Stratton said the withholdings should stop for checks going out Oct. 1 and later. Because the order will take time to implement, the changes can’t be in place by Monday, he said.
“The only reasonable expectation that we had coming into this hearing today was met,” said Don Craven, one of the attorneys representing retirees in their fight to stop the health insurance premiums. “The judge has ordered that all withholding be stopped as quickly as possible.”
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in July that state-subsidized health insurance is a protected pension benefit and the state cannot charge premiums for it. People who retired with 20 or more years of service were entitled to premium-free state health insurance.
Despite that ruling, the state continued to deduct premiums from retiree pension checks because the Supreme Court sent the lawsuit back to Sangamon County for further proceedings.
Retirees are paying 1 percent of their pension checks toward their health insurance if they are covered by Medicare and 2 percent if they are not covered by Medicare.
Left unresolved was how to return millions of dollars in insurance premiums that retirees have paid since July 1, 2013, when the premium payments began. Lawyers for the state wanted time to make additional filings in the case. The next hearing isn’t scheduled until Nov. 21.
“At the rate we’re going, that probably won’t happen until next year some time,” said John Myers, another attorney representing retirees.
Nardulli flatly told the attorneys that he doesn’t “intend to bog this down for several years.”
“I think the Supreme Court was pretty clear that all monies owed to retirees be returned to them,” Nardulli said.
That may be easier in some cases than others. Money withheld from members of the State Employees’ Retirement System has been held in an escrow account. That account had $24.9 million in it as of last week, Myers said.
Premiums withheld from members of the other state retirement systems were not held in escrow.

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